By Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo Carvalho
This engaging book, inspired by the question “What are they doing on the other side of the world right now?”, depicts snapshots of everyday life from around the world. The twenty-three different scenes range from a cargo ship in a storm, people stuck in an elevator, a boy learning to ride a bike, a volcanic eruption, and more.
Though the premise is simple, this book is a beautiful way to introduce concepts like time and the connectedness of humanity to children. With large pages and a straightforward, yet unique style of illustration, The World in a Second shows both humanity’s diversity and similarities. Recommended for preschool – 3rd grade.
Reviewed by Alyssa (Davis Library)